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In this section, we provide helpful articles to help child care providers running their in-home daycare business. By providing insightful information to give them the tools they need to succeed in the child care industry.

How to Start a Daycare at Home, a Simple Step-by-Step Guide

Note: This post is not to take place of your state’s licensing requirements. Make sure to follow the guidelines and laws within your state when it comes to operating a daycare out of your home. This article is for informational purposes only. I’m guessing you’re here because you want to learn how to start a daycare business out of your home. Well first off, you’ll need to check with your state to see if there are any licensing requirements. What most people don’t realize is that if you are caring for more than one child from two or more families then you are required to be licensed. At least, that’s the requirement here in California. This rule may not apply to all states. Here’s the thing, each state will have its own requirements that you will be requi...

Daycare interviews are a two-way street, be prepared for both

When preparing for an interview in your in-home daycare, just remember that it is like a two-way street. It goes both ways. You get to do the interviewing too. In this article, we will be discussing things to take in consideration when doing the interviewing and when being interviewed. Remember a two-way street is a situation in which both sides must put forth an equal amount of effort to achieve a desired result. Which in this case is the best care possible for said child. Questions to ask parents Questions parents may ask you Discussions to have with parents Make sure to go over your policies with any potential daycare parents. This will help you in the long run hopefully weed out any families that may not be a good fit within your child care program. I usually have my contract ready for...

Use PayPal ‘recurring’ payments & never ask for a daycare payment again

One of the best things I’ve ever done for my daycare is to make it mandatory for my daycare parents to sign up for PayPal Recurring Payments. And get paid automatically on a weekly or monthly basis. But the absolute best part is I never have to ask for a daycare payment again and neither should you. There’s nothing worse than having to ask for daycare payments on a weekly basis only to receive excuse after excuse. I like that comparison that if this was their paycheck they would expect it to be given to them without question. And if they didn’t get paid they would feel frustrated having to ask for payment time and time again. This is when you have to put your foot down when it comes to YOUR daycare policies. Here’s how I did it… Include a parent/provider contr...

How to enforce daycare policies even if you’re an introvert

This particular blog post is especially important to all the daycare providers out there to make sure they have their policies in place and stick to them. Unfortunately, there are people out there that will take advantage of your kindness. Know how to handle them in advance and prepare yourself for what’s to come. Always be one step ahead. It will help you especially in times where you find yourself burned out. Remember you’re not just a daycare provider, you are an entrepreneur, you are a business owner, and you…you matter! I don’t think most people change their basic personality in regards to introversion or extroversion. You can, however, learn or adapt to different skills that will help you in life… without changing who you fundamentally are. -Chris Guillebeau An intr...

Um, yes…Google Voice is a must have for your child care business line

As a child care provider, I know what it’s like to want to cut down on expenses as much as possible. That’s why my husband and I recently decided to cut-the-cord on our cable and landline. A triple play bundle service we were paying up to almost $250/month which included tv, phone, and internet. Originally when we signed up for this plan it cost us an introductory price of $99.95/month and if my memory serves me correctly that was with a two-year contract. Unfortunately, the introductory price is no longer available, and the two-year contract plan is undesirable. So the “more than doubled bill” has got to go. With that came the decision to eliminate our landline. We were paying $44.99 a month (That’s a date night out with the husband!) Pretty insane if you thi...